Friday, October 19, 2012

Singapore - Pancreas, kidney transplant a first for S’pore

Singapore has recorded its first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant. The surgery was performed on 29-year-old Singaporean male by a team of surgeons from the National University Hospital (NUH) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) last month.

The patient was suffering from Type 1 diabetes and renal failure and had been on insulin for over 15 years. He had also been on dialysis for over a year and had been on the waiting lists for both pancreas and kidney transplants since August last year.

The five-and-a-half hour surgery was led by Associate Professor Krishnakumar Madhavan, Director of NUH’s Adult Liver and Pancreas Transplantation Programme, and performed together with Dr Victor Lee, Director, Pancreas Transplant and Consultant, Department of General Surgery, SGH; and Dr Tiong Ho Yee, Director, Kidney Surgery and Transplantation, NUH.

The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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